Wednesday What Herb Is This – Honey

May 14, 2008 at 7:24 pm (Herb, Honey, Magic, Recipe, Wednesday)

While Honey is not an herb, per se, it is a natural substances, and as such qualifies for this Daily subject, as far as I’m concerned – and it’s mine, so that’s all that matters, right..?

***Never give honey to infants under 1 year as it can make them deathly ill with botulism.

Old Honey Based Remedies

Home Remedies and Beauty Secrets
In olden times, man used honey for almost every illness of the body and mind. Honey was good for the stomach and intestinal disorders. It was used as a
gentle laxative. Honey was also used as a sedative. Modern research has found that honey increases blood calcium and has the same effect as a glass of milk before bedtime. Honey is good for the skin. It’s antibacterial properties make honey a good natural remedy for open wounds, skin rashes, and burns. It was the base for many home remedies such as cough syrup, diarrhea cures and even a cure for bedwetting:

Burn Cure

  • one egg yolk
  • one tablespoon of honey
  • one tablespoon of olive oil

Mix together and spread onto surgical gauze. Place on the burned area. When the dressing dries, repeat the treatment until the healing is complete.
The pain should subside and disappear completely in a short time.

Diarrhea Cure

  • one teaspoon of honey
  • eight ounces of barley water

Mix in a glass and drink. This will stop summer diarrhea.

Bedwetting Cure
Before a child goes to bed, make sure he has no liquid refreshment. Just before he goes to sleep, give him at least 3 to 4 teaspoons of honey.

Tranquilizer

  • one cup of chamomile tea
  • fresh or dry mint leaves
  • one teaspoon of honey

Before going to bed, steep for three minutes. Drink.

Cough Syrup 1
For a simple cough syrup, mix equal parts of honey and lemon juice and use as needed.

Cough Syrup 2

  • 1/4 cup of glycerin
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice

Blend well. Keep in a jar tightly covered and take a teaspoon every two
hours, or as needed.

Cough Syrup 3
Mix equal parts of honey, bourbon whiskey, and lemon juice for a truly exceptional cough syrup. Take as needed.

Tonic
Two teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar taken in a glass of water one or more times a daily, will replenish the body’s minerals.
Take as needed when doing mental or physical work.

You may enjoy these beauty secrets some of which date back to the time of Cleopatra!

Honey Facial
Starting with a perfectly clean face, pat on enough honey to cover. Lie down for 30 minutes and relax. Clean the face with warm water and a clean washcloth. If your face is oily, add a little apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to the rinse water.

Oatmeal Facial
Mix 1/3 cup of finely ground oatmeal with enough honey two or three teaspoons) to make a smooth paste. Spread the mixture over the face but not around the eyes and let it remain for thirty minutes. Rinse face and pat dry.

Facial for Acne
Mix 1/3 cup of honey with 2/3 cups of water. Pat gently all over the face or affected areas. Let this mixture remain for 20 or 30 minutes, rinse well and
pat dry.

For Dry Skin
Mix 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil with 2 tablespoons of honey. Blend and spread over a clean face and neck and allow to remain for 15 minutes or
more. Rinse face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

For Oily Skin
Mix one tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 2-3 drops of milk. Mix into a smooth paste and spread over face and neck. Allow to remain for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Do not use more than once every 2 weeks or once a month if your skin dries up to much.

Honey Hand Scrub
Mix three tablespoons of finely ground cornmeal, two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of cornstarch in a small, unbreakable container. Leave near the sink and use as you would any hand soap. Softens, cleans and soothes the hands, and should always be rinsed with cold water.

Hand Cream

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2 cups of honey
  • 2 cups almond oil
  • 1/2 pound bitter almonds, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil of orange

Beat egg yolks with honey, add almond oil gradually, and then almonds and oil of orange. Apply small amount to hands to maintain a youthful appearance.

Sources:
Cooking With Honey by Judy Powers
Gleanings in Bee Culture by Connie Krochmal
Beeswax Elegance by Dr. Arnold Krochmal

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